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jovian

1. (in Roman mythology) of or like the god Jove (or Jupiter). 2. of or relating to the planet Jupiter

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minotaur

(Greek mythology) a monster shaped half like a man and half like a bull, confined in the labyrinth built by Daedalus for Minos, and given a periodic tribute of youths and maidens as food until slain by Theseus.

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chimera

1) (in Greek mythology) a fire-breathing female monster with a lion's head, a goat's body, and a serpent's tail. 2) a thing that is hoped or wished for but in fact is illusory or impossible to achieve. -- 1. an organism, organ, or part consisting of two or more tissues of different genetic composition, produced as a result of organ transplant, grafting, or genetic engineering; a substance, such as an antibody, created from the proteins or genes or two different species. 2. an individual who has received a transplant of genetically and immunologically different tissue. 3. a fanciful mental illusion or fabrication. 4. monstrous creature of Lycia in Asia Minor, which was made of the parts of multiple animals.

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siren

each of a number of women or winged creatures whose singing lured unwary sailors onto rocks

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Eros

Greek god of love, where the word "erotic" comes from. Also, love conceived in the philosophy of Plato as a fundamental creative impulse having a sensual element.

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talisman

an object, typically an inscribed ring or stone, that is thought to have magic powers and to bring good luck

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elysian

related to paradise; blissful; delightful (Elysium=place or condition of bliss)

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Eldorado

A place used as a metaphor to represent an ultimate prize that one might spend their life seeking. It could represent true love, heaven, happiness, or success.

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hobbit

a member of an imaginary race similar to humans, of small size and with hairy feet, in stories by J. R. R. Tolkien

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Excalibur

the legendary sword of King Arthur, sometimes attributed with magical powers or associated with the rightful sovereignty of Great Britain.

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Cassandra

1. : a daughter of Priam endowed with the gift of prophecy but fated never to be believed. 2. : one that predicts misfortune or disaster.

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centaur

a creature with the head, arms, and torso of a man and the body and legs of a horse